Following their season-opening 19-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night, the Bucs remain away in Week 2 for a game in New Orleans against the Saints.
Tampa Bay has lost seven straight regular season games to New Orleans, with its last win coming in Week 1 of the 2018 season. Of course, the Bucs beat the Saints in the playoffs two seasons ago. en route to a historic Super Bowl victory three weeks later.
As the Bucs look to break their unfortunate losing streak against the Saints and perhaps start their own winning streak on Sunday afternoon, there could be even more franchise and NFL history at stake. Last week against Dallas, Tampa Bay passed Tom Brady to Doug Williams for sixth place on the franchise’s all-time accomplishments list. Lavonte David played his 150th game as a Buc and Ryan Succop passed James Wilder for eighth place in the team’s all-time points scored rankings.
What’s at stake in week 2? Let’s go.
Brady holds most NFL assists records, but he’s down to a fourth quarter against Peyton Manning (43) for the most in league history.
Fournette had a great showing in Week 1, rushing for 127 yards on 21 carries. However, he did not find the end zone. So, he enters Week 2 needing a rushing touchdown to tie Peyton Barber, Earnest Graham and Lars Tate (15) for 10th in team history.
With two more rushing touchdowns, Fournette ties Ricky Bell (16) for ninth in team history, and four more would tie him with Ronald Jones II (18) for seventh.
by Evans phenomenal touchdown against the Cowboys last week moved him within six points of passing Connor Barth (477) for the third-most points scored in Bucs history. He now needs eight more to overtake Barth.
The ninth-year wide receiver’s 71 receiving yards last week also moved him closer to the franchise’s all-time scrimmage yard record. He now needs 68 more yards to pass James Wilder (9,449) for first place.
Sunday will mark Evans’ 123rd career start, which will tie him with Gerald McCoy for ninth in team history.
Brate remains one total touchdown away from tying Jimmie Giles (34) for the fourth most touchdowns in team history. His next receiving touchdown will also tie him with Giles (34) for the second-highest receiving score in Bucs history.
David is expected to make his 151st start on Sunday, leaving him seven points behind tying Mike Alstott (158) for seventh in franchise history. His 151st game overall will leave him 32 behind Paul Gruber (183) for the third most in Bucs history.
David’s last defensive touchdown came in 2017 when he returned a fumble for a touchdown in Week 5 against Arizona. With one more defensive score, he’ll tie David Logan and Mike Washington (four) for third in team history.
Barrett tackled Dak Prescott in Week 1, but he failed to register a sack. That means he still needs two more to pass David Logan (39) for fifth in Bucs history. He needs one more forced fumble to own seventh in the franchise’s all-time standings, while two more would put him tied with Hardy Nickerson (13) for sixth.
Nelson has recorded one sack in four straight games since Week 16 of last season. With a Sunday against the Saints, he’ll tie Jason Pierre-Paul (December 21, 2019-September 27, 2020) and Simeon Rice (December 2, 2001-December 29, 2001) for the third-longest sack streak in team history. (five games).
With a victory over the Cowboys last week, Bowles became the fifth Tampa Bay head coach to win his first game. If his team can beat New Orleans on Sunday, he will be only the second coach in franchise history to start his tenure with a 2-0 record. Sam Wyche was the only other to do so, starting 2-0 in 1992 beating the Cardinals (23-7) and Packers (31-3).